Jurors rule in favor of police officers involved in deadly shootout

May 29, 2012

Issaquah police officer Brian Horn indicates locations on a map for a King County inquest jury May 22, as District Court Judge David Steiner observes. By Greg Farrar

Jurors deliberated only 19 minutes before determining Issaquah police officers faced a life-threatening scenario and properly used lethal force to stop a rifle-toting man on the Clark Elementary School campus last year.

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FBI asks for help to find Issaquah bank robbery suspect

May 29, 2012

Federal agents are seeking information about a man possibly connected to the March robbery of a KeyBank branch in Issaquah.

The call for information from the FBI field office in Seattle came after a man robbed a U.S. Bank branch in Seattle just before 3:30 p.m. May 18.

Authorities said the suspect could also be the man from the Issaquah heist.

The suspect in the Seattle robbery is described as a white man between 40 and 50. He wore black and carried a gun.

FBI agents asked people with information about the robberies to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 toll free. If the information provided results in charges being filed, the caller is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

In the Issaquah incident, police said the man showed a bank employee a gun and passed the employee a note demanding money at 10:51 a.m. March 24.

Officers responded to the bank at 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd. moments later, but could not locate the suspect.

Man robs Issaquah bank at gunpoint

March 27, 2012

Issaquah KeyBank robbery suspect

Police said a man robbed a KeyBank branch along a bustling Issaquah street March 24, and then escaped.

Police said the man showed a bank employee a gun and passed the employee a note demanding money at about 10:51 a.m.

Officers responded to the bank at 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd. moments later, but could not locate the suspect.

The employee described the man to police as a white man in his 30s, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, and weighing 200 pounds. Police said he wore a beige hooded coat, jeans and a dark-colored baseball cap, and carried a motorcycle helmet.

The suspect used dark clothing to conceal the lower portion of his face during the robbery. Police said he then fled eastbound from the bank.

The case remains under investigation by the Issaquah Police Department and the FBI.

What to know

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Call 1-800-222-TIPS toll free.

The last bank robbery to occur in Issaquah unfolded at the same KeyBank branch.

In October, a thief robbed the bank and fled. FBI agents arrested the suspect, a former Snoqualmie resident connected to other thefts in the area, days after the robbery.

Investigators said the suspect, Christopher Isaac Titian, approached a bank employee, handed the employee a demand note and then fled.

Police: Man robbed Issaquah bank at gunpoint

March 24, 2012

NEW — 7 p.m. March 24, 2012

Police said a man robbed a KeyBank branch in Issaquah on Saturday morning, and then escaped.

Police said the man showed a bank employee a gun and passed the employee a note demanding money at about 11 a.m.

Officers responded to the bank in the 400 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard moments later, but could not locate the man.

The employee described the man to police as a white man in his 30s, 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 200 pounds. Police said he wore a beige hooded coat, jeans and a dark colored baseball cap, and carried a motorcycle helmet.

The suspect used dark clothing to conceal the lower portion of his face.

The suspect fled eastbound from the bank.

The case is under investigation by the Issaquah Police Department and the FBI.

FBI arrests Issaquah bank heist suspect

November 8, 2011

FBI agents arrested the suspect in the Oct. 28 robbery of a local KeyBank branch, a former Snoqualmie resident connected to other thefts in the area.

Investigators arrested Christopher Isaac Titian, 19, Nov. 2 at a motel in Everett, less than a week after the Issaquah robbery.

Investigators located the suspect after a Snoqualmie police officer, Nigel Draveling, recognized the man from surveillance images captured at the bank. Police publicized the images in the hours after the incident.

Issaquah police responded to a robbery at KeyBank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., just after 2 p.m. Oct. 28.

Investigators said a man approached a bank employee, handed the employee a demand note and said, “Just read it and do what it says. Don’t push the alarm.”

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FBI agents arrest suspect in Issaquah bank robbery

November 3, 2011

NEW — 12:40 p.m. Nov. 3, 2011

FBI agents arrested the suspect in the Oct. 28 robbery of a local KeyBank branch, Issaquah police announced Thursday.

Investigators developed information about the suspect after a Snoqualmie police officer recognized the man from surveillance images captured at the bank. Police then turned the information to the FBI.

Federal agents obtained a warrant and arrested the man Wednesday.

Issaquah police responded to a robbery at a KeyBank branch along Northwest Gilman Boulevard just after 2 p.m. Oct. 28.

Investigators said a man approached a bank employee and handed the employee a demand note. The employee handed the man cash, and the suspect then fled the bank, carrying the loot. Police did not reveal the amount of money stolen, per standard procedure.

Officers searched the area near the bank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., but did not locate the man.

Man robs local KeyBank branch, flees

November 1, 2011

Issaquah and federal officers continue to investigate a robbery from a local bank branch.

Issaquah police responded to a robbery at a KeyBank branch along Northwest Gilman Boulevard just after 2 p.m. Oct. 28.

Suspect

Investigators said a man approached a bank employee and handed the employee a demand note. The employee handed the man cash, and the suspect then fled the bank, carrying the loot. Police did not reveal the amount of money stolen, per standard procedure.

Officers searched the area near the bank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd., but did not locate the man.

Investigators said the man departed the bank in a westbound direction. Police said the suspect is a white man in his 20s. Surveillance images show the suspect dressed in a dark-colored, long-sleeved shirt or jacket with the Adidas logo on the chest and white stripes on the sleeves, and a gray baseball cap.

The police department and the FBI continue to investigate. Ray Lauer, a special agent at the bureau’s Seattle office, said investigators do not believe the man is connected to other recent bank robberies in the region.

The most recent bank robbery in Issaquah occurred July 22, after a man demanded money at the Sterling Savings Bank, 705 N.W. Gilman Blvd., and then fled. Investigators said the suspect in the Sterling Savings Bank also robbed a Bellevue bank a day before the Issaquah incident.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Police: Robber hits KeyBank branch in Issaquah

October 28, 2011

Police released a surveillance camera image of the KeyBank robber late Friday. Contributed

NEW — 4:10 p.m. Oct. 28, 2011

Issaquah police responded to a robbery at the KeyBank along Northwest Gilman Boulevard just after 2 p.m. Friday.

Investigators said a man approached a bank employee and handed the employee a demand note. The suspect then fled the bank, carrying cash. Police did not reveal the amount of money stolen.

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FBI seeks help to identify Issaquah robber

August 2, 2011

Suspect

The Seattle office of the FBI is asking for help in tracking down a suspect in two bank robberies, including the holdup of the Issaquah branch of Sterling Savings Bank on July 22.

According to the FBI, the suspect who robbed the Issaquah bank also is believed to have robbed a Washington Federal Savings Bank about 10:35 a.m. July 21 in Bellevue. Authorities said surveillance video captured the suspect in the course of the Issaquah robbery.

People with information on the suspect are asked to call the FBI at 1-800-222-TIPS. Calls are kept confidential. Information leading to an arrest could lead to a $1,000 reward.

The man is described as a white male, heavyset, in his mid 40s and roughly 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

When he robbed the Sterling Savings, he was wearing a white baseball cap, white T-shirt and blue jeans. He also was wearing a dark-colored backpack.

Inside the Issaquah bank, according to local police, the suspect presented the teller with a note demanding money. He did not show any evidence of carrying a weapon. The man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Issaquah Police Sgt. Bob Porter said local officers responded to a sounding alarm at the bank, but the suspect was gone before they arrived. Based on witness statements, officers could not determine in what direction the suspect fled.

Police hunt for robber after local bank heist

July 26, 2011

A man walked into Sterling Savings Bank at about 2:10 p.m. July 22 and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Issaquah Police Department.

Sgt. Bob Porter said an initial search for the suspect — a search that included the use of a K-9 unit from another jurisdiction — proved unsuccessful. Officials were unable to gain much information as to what direction the man headed after leaving the bank or what type of vehicle he may have been driving.

“He just basically walked out of the bank and into that big parking lot,” Porter said, referring to the large retail parking area outside the bank at 705 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

The suspect was described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s. He is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall with what Porter described as shorter brown hair that did not reach his collar. He was wearing a white baseball cap, white T-shirt and blue jeans. He also was carrying a dark-colored backpack.

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